Access from Stewart Creek carpark: 5-6 hr return (16 km)
From the carpark, follow the poled route on the true right of Stewart Creek, until it joins a 4WD track. From here a steep, rocky climb winds upwards to a skyline ridge.
You can mountain bike these tracks but on many sections you will have to dismount and push your bike.
On reaching the ridge, a sign points to the Isthmus Peak track on the right, and on the left, the ridge track to the conservation area. The track along the tops traverses a number of unnamed peaks.
Stewart Creek carpark is off SH6, north of Lake Hāwea township and 30 minutes drive from Wanaka.
Take care parking and crossing the road – this is a busy carpark beside the highway.
Know before you go
Adverse weather: The weather can change rapidly in New Zealand. Hypothermia is a real risk even in summer. Be prepared by having warm, windproof clothing and the appropriate footwear. Whiteout conditions caused by snow or low cloud may be present.
Private property: This track crosses private land. Respect the landowner's livestock and property: stay on the marked track until you reach the conservation land, leave gates as you find them and use stiles where provided. Livestock can be unpredictable – keep your distance at all times/go around if necessary.
No camping until the conservation area boundary.
- There is no public access beyond the conservation area. Return to the Stewart Creek carpark by the same route.
- There is a safari hunting operation on this station, give way to game animals, especially during the March to May roar.
- Firearms are not permitted on these tracks.